Virginia Tech Kicks Off 2019-20 Season with Win over George Washington

Virginia Tech vs. George Washington

  • Oct. 26, 2019
  • Christiansburg, Virginia
  • Men: Virginia Tech 203-87
  • Women: Virginia Tech 208-87
  • Results

Courtesy: Virginia Tech Athletics

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2019-20 season in decisive fashion, defeating George Washington on both sides. Tech’s men claimed the 203-87 win while the women tallied 208-87 over the Colonials.

The Virginia Tech men won 13 events on Saturday starting with the 200 Medley Relay as Sam Tornqvist, AJ Pouch, Blake Manoff and Thomas Hallock turned in a time of 1:30.58.

The team followed up with Brennen Doss taking the top place in the 1000 freestyle with a 9:33.97. Lane Stone secured a pair of wins on the day, taking first in the 200 free (1:38.16) and the 500 free (4:28.05). Simon Shi grabbed a win for the Hokies in the 100 breaststroke, turning in a time of 56.32.

Antani Ivanov led a 1, 2, 3 finish in the 200 butterfly for the Hokies with a 1:45.37. He was followed by Blake Manoff (1:45.95) and Dylan Eichberg (1:50.27).

The Hokies also had the 1, 2, 3 finish in the 50 free with Hallock (20.37), Henry Claesson (20.70) and Alex Hines (21.23). Hallock also claimed the win in the 100 free with a time of 20.37.

Tech’s Sam Tornqvist secured the 200 backstroke (1:48.36). In the 200 breaststroke the Hokies again swept the top-three spots led by freshman Pouch (2:01.39) followed by Shi (2:03.31) and Connor Doyle (2:09.14).

Stone’s win in the 500 free led another trio of Hokies in the top three with Filippo Dal Maso (4:31.76) and Doss (4:40.69). Tech’s Manoff secured the top finish in the 100 fly (47.68) followed by Ivanov (48.45) and Claesson (49.76).

The Hokies exhibitioned the 200 IM and the 400 free relay.

The Tech women also won 13 events in the first meet of the season and got off to the same start as the men, winning the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.23 off swims from Margarita Ryan, Joelle Vereb, Kayla Purcell and Abby Larson.

In the 1000 free, freshman Brooke Travis led the Hokies with a first-place finish in a time of 10:25.62. The Hokies followed up with another freshman win as Rose Pouch claimed the 200 free in 1:51.11.

The Hokie women turned in a 1, 2, 3 finish in the 100 backstroke behind Ryan’s 55.52. Emily Meilus went 57.51 while Alex Slayton was 57.61. Tech also swept the 200 back event with Ryan again leading the way (2:00.79). She was followed by Pouch (2:02.38) and Meilus (2:03.43).

Tech turned in another 1, 2, 3 finish as Vereb led the way in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.19. Baillie Cameron finished 1:05.62 and freshman Jenna Thompson came in third with 1:05.69.

Larson secured the 50 freestyle in 24.03 while freshman Sarah Shackelford took the other sprint event, the 100 free with a time of 51.38.

Cameron went first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.12. Loulou Vos led the Hokies to a top-three sweep in the 500 free with a time of 5:01.84. Following her was Travis (5:05.49) and Jessica Arnold (5:10.69).

Freshman Karisa Franz claimed the 100 fly with a time of 56.65. The Hokies exhibitioned the 200 IM and the 400 free relay.

The Hokies swept all the diving events. Teagan Moravek led the Tech women while Noah Zawadzki was the top finisher for the men.

Moravek put up the fourth highest score in program history on the 1-meter board, turning in a tally of 317.40. Zawadzki also posted a top-5 program best on the 1-meter as he scored 375.68.

In the 1-meter, Rainey Vause placed second (277.20) for the women and Regan Westwood was third (258.60). On the men’s side freshman Joseph Perreault was second (312.68) followed by fellow freshman Taj Cole in third (312.38).

On the 3-meter, Moravek and Zawadzki again led the way with scores of 328.88 and 404.33, respectively.

Brooke Leftwich finished behind Moravek with a score of 312.53 and Westwood was third with 282.53. For the men Perreault was again second (312.98) followed by Cole (274.28).

“I was really happy with the diving squads today,” said diving coach Ron Piemonte. “The men’s side was dominated by Noah Zawadzki two personal bests on 1-meter and 3-meter. Freshman Joseph Perreault was consistent, shows a lot of promise. Taj Cole is coming back from injury did a real solid job and I’m real happy with where he is right now. The women were great as well. Teagan Moravek had two personal bests. Brooke Leftwich with a great 3-meter event and Rainy Vause was great on 1-meter. We had seven divers qualify for zones today. Overall I couldn’t be happier, I think the diving squad is out to a great start.”

The Hokies will take to the road next weekend for a tri-meet against Penn State and Ohio State in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Courtesy: George Washington Athletics

Against a program that sent 11 men to the NCAA Championships last season, the George Washington men’s swimming & diving team had their limbs full in Christiansburg, VA on Saturday afternoon against the Hokies.

Several members of the Buff & Blue ascended to podium honors against the staunch hosts, including senior Andrew Cho, who was victorious in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.96 to put nine points on the GW scorecard. Cho also rang up four points for GW in the 200-yard version of the event, clocking in a 1:51.65.

It was the 200-yard medley relay team of Cho, first-year George Aspougalis, senior Max Forstenhaeuselr and first-year Tyler Kawakami who registered GW’s first points of the day with a third place finish in the 200-yard medley. Aspougalis also touched the wall in 58.64 for third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Reigning Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performer Moritz Fath finished second in the 100-free in 45.94 and third in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:40.80. The senior from Germany also came in fourth in the 500 in 4:45.75.

Sophomores DH Hwang and Josh Legge finished 2-3 in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:35.68 and 9:39.79.

Virginia Tech pocketed the dual meet win, 203-87, but helped to prepare GW for its next test, Saturday, November 9th at Howard at 1pm.

Saturday saw the George Washington women’s swimming & diving team visit Christiansburg, Virginia to meet Virginia Tech in the Hokie’s natatorium. Last season the ACC school sent three swimmers to the NCAA women’s Championships, and it appeared this afternoon that a similar season is in store there.

Undeterred, the 200-yard medley team of junior Andrea Ho, first-year Stine Omdahl Peterson, junior Meghan Burton and first-year Becca Brown got the day started with a third place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:45.25. The Norweigen Peterson also earned fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Buff & Blue enjoyed success in several events, highlighted by senior Jackie Torrez‘s impressive 200 yard butterfly win with a time of 2:03:88 in the road pool.

Senior Marissa Martin earned second place honors in the 1000-free by finishing in 10:32.40, while classmate Gemma Atherley sped to third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.13.

Sophomore Rebecca Smolcic claimed a third place finish in a time of 24.23 in the 50-free, shortly before classmate Ann Juneau‘s second place worthy 200-yard breaststroke performance in 2:22.64, just .52 seconds off the lead.

Meghan Burton, a junior from Midlothian, Virginia, took third in the 100-yard butterfly in 57.10.

Virginia Tech claimed the win, 208-87, while GW is now afforded a break with its next competition coming November 9th at Howard at 1pm.

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